Do you go to your GP/Internist once a year for a check up?
This question is for both men and women.
I never do. I would guess a lot of women rely on their GYN for their yearly check up. But, of course GYN’s aren’t necessarily listening to your heart, or testing your cholesterol. Depends on the GYN. As far as cholesterol, my endocrinologist follows that. As far as my heart I go to a cardiologist, but haven’t in 5 years, so I probably should go again. I am thinking of going once a year now that I am in my mid 40’s, although probably a GP could follow me for that.
I go to my GP if I am sick with a sinus infection that needs antibiotics (I never go if I believe it to be a cold or flu) and I did follow up with my GP after a bad accident that I had been hospitalized for.
If you do go every year what has been the benefit? Has your GP ever found anything you did not expect? Do you have anything chronic that your GP follows rather than a specialist? How often (percentage) do you go to your GP and wind up needing to see a specialist?